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Book Title: Three in a Bed: The Benefits of Sleeping with Your Baby|
The author of the book: Deborah Jackson
Edition: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Date of issue: July 7th 2003
ISBN 13: 9780747565758
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 317 KB
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Reader ratings: 4.5
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Fantastic book full of well-researched information on the history of co-sleeping and it's loss of popularity from the Victorian ages. The author is a great advocate for bringing this practice back and I fully suppport her opinions.
The reason I did not give the book 5 stars is the following: I have coslept with my 13 month old since birth, from the very first night. I nursed her round the clock and continue to nurse her at night or when she needs comforting. She is a high needs child, a very light and restless sleeper and cries several times each night, despite being next to me, being nursed. I also suffered from plugged ducts for the first 6 months and by 5 months she was losing weight (it was obvious that I was overproducing foremilk, again, despite nursing round the clock). This could have been from a bad latch or a myriad of other reasons, but I share this to make a point: books should refrain from promoting a "if you do this, you'll have a happy baby" conclusions. My daughter becomes happier every day, but some babies are born needier or less placid than others and telling their mom's that by cosleeping and nursing, their baby will transform into a child that never cries is unfair and untrue.
I began this book motivated to learn more about cosleeping and I found consolation in that I did and continue to have faith that this is the best choice for the baby and my family. By the end of the book, however, I was becoming guilty and concerned: "what am I doing wrong? I cosleep, I nurse, I am trying my best and she still cries multiple times a night".
So, to all other mothers out there who surely share my experience and have younger babies, I wish you the strength and love to persist. I love sleeping with my daughter, despite not having slept a full night in over a year. And when I see her play with other children, she has a confidence that far outweighs their - is this because of her personality or attachment parenting? Ah, well the eternal nature vs. nurture debate is one we are far from fully understanding, but all we can do is nurture as much as we can, so that nature has its best shot and helping our children develop into the beautiful souls they are. And this is the heart of the book. I just look forward to the day when babies personalities are taken into consideration and we stop attempting a "one size fits all".
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